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Trick-or-Healthy Treat!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Holiday | Comments Off on Trick-or-Healthy Treat!

Even when I was a kid, I was all for healthy Halloween treats. I must admit that I never quite appreciated the houses that gave away toothbrushes. It was usually a dentist trying to profit from the holiday, with their logo and contact information on the toothbrush (Dentists- you’re welcome for the marketing tip)! Looking for some yummy and healthy treats you can give away on Halloween night? Look no further! Here’s five healthy trick-or-treat ideas for the spooky holiday: 1) Dried fruit Example: Clif Kid Twisted Fruit – This is a a tasty treat that comes in a variety of flavors, among my favorite are Strawberry and Sour Apple. Kids will love them, and parents will love them even more when they find out that there is no processed sugars. Worried about having a gluten intolerance? No worries…this...

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The Dangerous Truth about Perfume

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Beauty | Comments Off on The Dangerous Truth about Perfume

We all love a good perfume…but is our perfume good for us? Harmful Side-Effects I have  learned that the fragrance industry has checks and balances that are nothing but a conflict of interest. Big companies are here to make money. Here are some findings that prove how bad the chemicals can be for us, but remain hidden for a hefty profit… •If you have a sensitivity to Chemicals, you can get nausea, dizziness, headaches, rashes, etc. •Linked to causing/triggering asthma attacks •Animal studies have shown that chemicals found in perfumes caused Cancer, Organ damage, and even reproductive harm. If it does that to the animals, what is it doing to us? •There are thousands of different ingredients used in the fragrance industry, and less than half of them have been tested for human exposure. On top of that, fragrance companies...

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Veggie Slices by Galaxy Nutritional Foods

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Twinkie's Favorites | 1 comment

Healthy and Tasty Alternative I was looking for a healthy alternative to Cheddar Cheese slices, and I came across the Cheddar flavored Veggie Slices by Galaxy Nutritional Foods. I have tried them cold in deli sandwiches and warm in grilled cheese sandwiches and even on top of eggs. Every time I use these Veggie slices, nobody can tell the difference between them and real cheddar cheese slices! More good news… •Only 40 calories per slice (compared to 60-80 calories per slice) •No Cholesterol •Lactose Free •Gluten Free •Comes in a variety of flavors: Cheddar, Pepper Jack, American, Swiss, Smoked Provolone, and Cheddar with Jalapeños. Wow! These Veggie Slices are delicious and a lot healthier for you than regular cheese! Feel free to follow us, however you like: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Feel free to follow Skinny Twinkie: Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram,...

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Breastfeeding vs. Formula

Posted by on Oct 18, 2010 in Baby, New Mom | Comments Off on Breastfeeding vs. Formula

When you first get pregnant, one of the many important decisions you will need to make is whether you should breastfeed or not. It’s a decisoon that will effect your baby’s health. You want to make sure that you give your baby the best. A healthy baby is a happy baby! Which is healthier;  Breast milk or Formula? Research shows that Breast milk is the healthiest option for your small baby. Even though formula has come along way, it still doesn’t quite compare to what Mother Nature has to provide. (Note: If you can’t breastfeed for whatever reason, formula will provide your baby with essential nutrients).    Baby’s Benefits • Perfect balance of Nutrients, which also evolves to meet your baby’s needs throughout development. • Easy to digest. • Helps prevent sickness, including Ear Infections, Stomach Flu, Pneumonia, and Digestive Tract Disorders....

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Vegetarian Burrito

Posted by on Oct 14, 2010 in Lactose Free, Recipes | 2 comments

Ingredients: 6 soft Tortillas (warmed) 2 cups cooked Brown Rice 1 cup cooked Black Beans 2 cups shredded Lettuce 1 cup chopped Tomatoes 1/2 cup grated Almond Cheddar Style Cheese Red or Green Sauce, if desired. Instructions: Step 1) Place warmed tortilla on a plate, and then add rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes and almond cheese on the tortilla. Step 2) Wrap up tortilla to make a burrito. Enjoy! Note: The variety of colors and  flavors mix well together, and this is a delicious burrito all on it’s own! Of course, you can add the red or green sauce to it if needed, but it’s definitely not a “must”. I always try to cook with as much fresh ingredients as possible, but I understand if that can’t always be the case. If you need to, use a 15 oz can of...

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Never forget this Important Habit!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2010 in Fitness, Weight Loss | 4 comments

Working out on a regular basis is more than a way to lose or maintain weight. It’s a way of life. Regular Exercise Working out on a regular basis helps with many things. I will briefly discuss some of the many health benefits of working out on a regular basis: •Drops  Insulin levels -High Insulin levels are dangerous since it is the root cause of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, etc. Cardiovascular Exercise is a natural way to lower your Insulin levels. •Treats Type 2 Diabetes – A couple of the possible side-effects of Diabetes is Heart Disease and Kidney Disease. Both are very serious conditions, and exercising on a regular basis (including a healthy diet) can greatly reduce the chances of having Diabetes. •Lowers Blood Pressure – If you have High Blood Pressure, you are at risk for...

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Healthy Halloween Treats!

Posted by on Oct 7, 2010 in Holiday, Recipes | 6 comments

Halloween is a fun Holiday that doesn’t have to be full sugar-filled. Here are some fun snacks that will allow you to have a festive Halloween without all of the unnecessary sugar! ——————————————————————————————————————————– Monster Fingers Ingredients: String Cheese sticks Almond slices Cream cheese Instructions: Step 1) Cut String Cheese sticks in various sizes, and then cut small grooves to make the Monster’s knuckles. Step 2 ) Place some cream cheese on the tips to “glue” on the almond slices, which will be used for the finger nails. ——————————————————————————————————————————– Centipede Ingredients: 1 Banana Almond Butter Pretzel sticks Craisins Instructions: Step 1) Slice the Banana and arrange on a plate in a snake-like way. Step 2) Put Almond Butter in between each slice. Step 3) Place 2 pretzels on the “head” and a pretzel in between each slice for legs. Step 4) Add...

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Twinkie’s Challenge: No Sugar or Artifical Sweeteners!

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Nutrition, Twinkie's Challenge, Weight Loss | 5 comments

This quarter, I challenge you to avoid processed Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners! (You can still have natural sugars found in Fruit, Vegetables, Agave Nectar, Raw Honey, etc). So why would I give you (and myself!) this Challenge? The Harmful Effects of Sugar Processed Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners are really bad for you. But how bad can it be? •Raises insulin levels in the body, which promotes the storage of fats. By storing excess fats, it causes your body to gain weight, and Sugar has been linked to causing Obesity. •Depresses the Immune System. If your body is trying to fight an illness, Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners are only going to make things worse for you by preventing your body to fight back whatever illness it is trying to get rid of. If you want to lower your risk of...

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